The music video for âS&Mâ has been a nightmare for Rihanna. After dealing with bans in 11 countries and online, the R&B star is now facing a legal suit from famed photographer David LaChapelle amid allegations the raunchy new video was “directly derived” from images he shot.
In newly revealed court documents, LaChapelle is suing Rihanna for allegedly copying eight of his works, including a shot in which she poses against a blue background with a piece of candy on her tongue. The lawsuit, made public on Monday, February 14, states, “The music video is directly derived from and substantially similar to the LaChapelle works.”
The suit goes on to accuse the “Only Girl” hitmaker of copying the “composition, total concept, feel, tone, mood, theme, colors, props, settings, decors, wardrobe and lighting” of his pictures in her promo, which was directed by Melina Matsoukas.
LaChapelle, who has worked for top publications Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair and GQ, is demanding unspecified damages.
âS&Mâ is lifted from Rihannaâs latest album âLoud,â which is in stores now.